Migration

and Refugio

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We dream of an open and hospitable society, sensitive to the realities of migration and refuge.

Already, more than 110 million people worldwide have been forced to move due to conflict, natural disasters, extreme poverty or human rights violations. From Entreculturas, together with our partner organizations, such as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM), we accompany and assist migrants and refugees in origin, transit, destination and return, with a special focus on the protection of the right to education.

What we focus on:

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EDUCATION FOR THE REFUGEE AND DISPLACED POPULATION

Displacement and refugee situations, such as those currently being experienced in Ukraine, or the protracted crises in DR Congo, South Sudan or Syria, expose children to the risk of abuse, recruitment by armed groups or sexual violence. In these contexts, access to education is of vital importance. Through the school, we strengthen the resilience of children and adolescents, heal their wounds and offer them the opportunity to grow up in safe spaces.

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HUMANITARIAN AID

Humanitarian aid actions for victims of natural disasters, conflicts or forced migration are part of Entreculturas’ mission. Our work in emergencies such as those in Sudan or Ukraine, and in contexts such as the migration corridor in Mexico, consists of covering their most basic needs in terms of food, water, health, protection and shelter. After the first emergency phase, we develop a medium- to long-term plan to enable the affected people to recover their lives and get ahead in the host countries.

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PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT AND ACCOMPANIMENT

In contexts of refuge and displacement, where people, and especially children, have suffered the harshest consequences of violence and war, legal, psychological and psychosocial support is essential. Thus, in countries such as Lebanon, Colombia or R. D. Congo, and also in Spain together with SJM, we carry out programs that strengthen resilience, improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of the displaced population and contribute to the reconstruction of hope, the recovery of human dignity and coexistence.

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JOB TRAINING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

In countries that host refugees, such as Ethiopia, Kenya or South Africa, we work to ensure their socioeconomic integration by offering technical and vocational training aligned with labor market demand. Our goal is for them to regain their livelihoods and be able to have a job or start their own business.

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SPECIAL ATTENTION TO WOMEN IN SITUATIONS OF FORCED MOBILITY

The violence faced by women in contexts of forced mobilization can be both physical and psychological. In this situation, we seek to protect their rights and, in contexts such as Morocco or Ethiopia, we carry out comprehensive programs of psychological and health support, abuse prevention workshops and training so that they can generate their own income.

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PROMOTION OF A CULTURE OF INCLUSION, HOSPITALITY AND WELCOME

At Entreculturas we want to add our knowledge and our work for the promotion of a culture of solidarity and inclusion with migrants and refugees. Through initiatives and campaigns such as Hospitality, we promote hospitality, cooperation, advocacy and awareness. Our objective: to generate spaces of understanding, accompaniment and welcome.

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Incidence

We demand the incorporation of a child and gender perspective in state and international migration policies so that they take into account the situation of migrant and refugee children and adolescents at borders, and the obstacles, violations and dangers they suffer.

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Awareness and education

In the educational field and in our work for global citizenship, we carry out actions to train, raise awareness and promote intercultural coexistence among thousands of young people and teachers.

Through our educational educational proposals we work to become aware of one’s own attitudes and values, practicing critical thinking with respect to the refugee/migration issue; to distinguish fact from opinion and to recognize prejudice, propaganda and hate speech.

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